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How Small Neighborhood Convenience Store Operators in Ecuador and Mexico View the Growing Presence of Retired Americans

  • Philip D. SloaneEmail author
  • Maria Gabriela Castro
  • Erika Munshi
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Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 27)

Abstract

Neighborhood convenience stores (“tiendas de barrio”) have an important role in the national and household economies in Latin America. Open daily, often for as many as 16 h a day, tiendas vary in size but are typically quite small, often with one clerk located near the front of the store to monitor traffic and take payment from customers. Their traditional roles included serving a neighborhood, often selling small quantities of goods to persons who could not afford to buy in bulk, working in partnership with small businesses such as bread bakers or tortilla makers to market fresh products daily, providing credit to clients whose economic circumstances were day-to-day, and serving as neighborhood gathering places.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip D. Sloane
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Gabriela Castro
    • 1
  • Erika Munshi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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